Fri 19 December, 2014

15:02 Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program» Slashdot
cartechboy writes: Remember 18 months ago when Tesla promised it was going to launch battery-swap stations? Well, it's finally happening, sort of. It seems Tesla's about to announce a battery-swap pilot program that will launch next week. The swap site will be located across the street from a Tesla Supercharger site in Harris Ranch, California — 184 miles south of San Francisco and about 200 miles north of Los Angeles. The pilot program will involve an unspecified number of Model S electric-car owners, who will be invited to take part in the test. For now, the battery-swap service will be offered by appointment only, at a cost of roughly a tank of gas in a premium sedan. Tesla's using words to describe this pilot program like "exploratory work" and "intended to test technology and assess demand" for a swapping service. While originally pitched that the battery swap would take less time than it would to take to refill the gas tank of a comparable luxury sedan, the company says now that "for this specific iteration" the swap process will take "approximately 3 minutes" — though it adds Tesla has "the ability to improve that time with future iterations." Is this test going to show that battery swapping is or isn't a realistic initiative?

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15:02 Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles» Slashdot
Rambo Tribble writes: Scientists from the University of Leeds have proposed that brighter ships' wakes, created by reducing their component bubbles' sizes, could moderately increase the reflectivity of our oceans, which would have a cooling effect on the climate. The technology is touted as being available and simple, but there could be side effects, like wetter conditions in some regions. Still, compared to many speculative geoengineering projects, "The one advantage about this technology — of trying to generate these tiny 'micro-bubbles' — is that the technology does already exist," according to Leeds' Prof Piers Forster.

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15:00 Sarah Jessica Parker Eyes HBO Comeback in Divorce Comedy» TVLine » TVLine
Onetime Sex partners Sarah Jessica Parker and HBO are looking to reunite by way of Divorce. TVLine has learned that Parker is nearing a deal to return to the pay cabler as the star of a potential new half-hour comedy series that tells the story of a very, very long divorce. Parker would play one half […]
14:52 Staples says security breach may have affected 1.16 million cards» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
(Reuters) - Office-supply retailer Staples Inc said about 1.16 million payment cards might have been affected by the data breach announced in October. An investigation by external data security experts showed that criminals deployed malware to some point-of-sales systems at 115 U.S. stores, Staples said. The company said it has since eradicated the malware. Staples, which has more than 1,400 stores in the country, said the malware might have allowed access to some transaction data, including cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification codes. ...
14:32 Sony Pictures CEO says had no choice but to pull 'The Interview'» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive and chairman Michael Lynton said on Friday that the Hollywood studio did not make a mistake in pulling satirical film "The Interview" after a cyber attack blamed on North Korea.
14:30 On the sidelines: how the NFL is making use of the Surface Pro 2» Engadget RSS Feed
Now that we've talked about the design process behind the NFL's Surface Pro 2s, it's time to show you how these things are actually being used throughout the league. It's worth noting that at least for now, the functionality of the Sideline Viewing S...
14:28 Usbdriveby: horrifying proof-of-concept USB attack» Boing Boing

Samy Kamkar has a proof-of-concept attack through which he plugs a small USB stick into an unlocked Mac OS X machine and then quickly and thoroughly compromises the machine, giving him total, stealthy control over the system in seconds, even reprogramming the built-in firewall to blind it to its actions. Read the rest

14:09 Hannibal Recast Shocker: Michael Pitt Out, Joe Anderson In as Mason Verger» TVLine » TVLine
Michael Pitt will no longer be hearing the screaming squealing of the lambs pigs when Hannibal returns for Season 3. The actor, who played sociopathic meat-packing magnate Mason Verger in Season 2, is not returning to the series and will be replaced by Joe Anderson (The Divide, The River), TVLine has learned exclusively. The decision […]
14:05 Sony Pictures CEO claims 'we have not caved'» Engadget RSS Feed
While President Obama has joined the voices criticizing Sony Pictures for its decision to pull The Interview, its CEO claims he " In an interview with CNN set to air tonight during Anderson Cooper 360, Michael Lynton tells Fareed Zakaria that "We hav...
14:02 Tesla's first Model S battery swap station opens next week» Engadget RSS Feed
Tesla's automated battery swap stations that boost cars with a fully charged power pack instead of a slow charge are finally becoming a reality. First shown off over a year ago, the company announced today that it's ready to start a pilot program for...
14:01 Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)» Slashdot
phantomfive writes: Bruce Schneier has an opinion piece discussing the Sony attack. He says, "Your reaction to the massive hacking of such a prominent company will depend on whether you're fluent in information-technology security. If you're not, you're probably wondering how in the world this could happen. If you are, you're aware that this could happen to any company." He continues, "The worst invasion of privacy from the Sony hack didn’t happen to the executives or the stars; it happened to the blameless random employees who were just using their company’s email system. Because of that, they’ve had their most personal conversations—gossip, medical conditions, love lives—exposed. The press may not have divulged this information, but their friends and relatives peeked at it. Hundreds of personal tragedies must be unfolding right now. This could be any of us." Related: the FBI has officially concluded that the North Korean government is behind the attack.

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14:01 Machine Learning Reveals Genetic Controls» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes with this quote from Quanta Magazine: Most genetic research to date has focused on just 1 percent of the genome — the areas that code for proteins. But new research, published today in Science, provides an initial map for the sections of the genome that orchestrate this protein-building process. "It's one thing to have the book — the big question is how you read the book," said Brendan Frey, a computational biologist at the University of Toronto who led the new research (abstract). For example, researchers can use the model to predict what will happen to a protein when there’s a mistake in part of the regulatory code. Mutations in splicing instructions have already been linked to diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy, a leading cause of infant death, and some forms of colorectal cancer. In the new study, researchers used the trained model to analyze genetic data from people afflicted with some of those diseases. The scientists identified some known mutations linked to these maladies, verifying that the model works. They picked out some new candidate mutations as well, most notably for autism. One of the benefits of the model, Frey said, is that it wasn’t trained using disease data, so it should work on any disease or trait of interest. The researchers plan to make the system publicly available, which means that scientists will be able to apply it to many more diseases.

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14:01 LinuxFest Northwest 2015 Will be Held April 25 and 26 (Video)» Slashdot
Their website says, 'Come for the code, stay for the people! We have awesome attendees and electrifying parties. Check out the robotics club, the automated home brewing system running on Linux, or the game room for extra conference fun.' This is an all-volunteer conference, and for a change the volunteers who run it are getting things together far in advance instead of having sessions that don't get scheduled until a few days before the conference, which has happened more than once with LFNW. So if you have an idea for a session, this is the time to start thinking about it. Sponsors are also welcome -- and since LFNW sponsorships regularly sell out, it's not to soon to start thinking about becoming a sponsor -- and if you are part of a non-profit group or FOSS project, LFNW offers free exhibit space because this is a conference that exists for the community, not to make money for a corporate owner. But don't delay. As you can imagine, those free exhibit spots tend to fill up early. (Alternate Video Link)

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14:01 Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea over Sony cyber attack» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

U.S. President Obama responds to a question after his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonBy Aruna Viswanatha and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a dictator trying to impose censorship in the United States. Obama said the cyber attack "caused a lot of damage" to Sony but that the company should have spoken to him before letting itself be intimidated into canceling the release of "The Interview," a comedy portraying the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ...

14:00 Gingerbread Borg Cube» Neatorama

Resistance is futile. You will be decorated. We will add your gastronomical and decorative distinctiveness to our own. Jenn Fujikawa of Nerdist will contribute to the Borg conquest of all life with this cookie assembly made of gingerbread. She used a square cookie cutter with Borg designs to make the 6 sides, then glued them together. There's a hoop on the top, so I'd guess that she plans to use it as a Christmas tree ornament.

-via That's Nerdalicious!

13:58 Obama vows response to 'N Korea cyber attack'» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
US President says Washington "will respond proportionally" to cyber attack the FBI says was masterminded by Pyongyang.
13:56 Revenge Winter Premiere Photos: Emily and Victoria Clash Over Daniel's Death» TVLine » TVLine
If you thought Daniel’s death would bring Emily and Victoria closer together, you don’t know Revenge. Like, at all. New photos from the ABC drama’s winter premiere (Jan. 4, 10/9c) find the two most important women in Daniel’s life — for better or worse — shooting daggers at each other as they attempt to make sense […]
13:54 Can a UN resolution end Israeli occupation?» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Palestinians have yet again approached the United Nations to help in their statehood quest.
13:51 Apple Isn’t the Only One to Blame for Smartphone Labor Abuses» WIRED
Apple Isn’t the Only One to Blame for Smartphone Labor Abuses

Apple is not the only company that benefits from a system where cost-saving efficiencies come with a human toll.

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13:34 T-Mobile pays $90 million to settle claims it profited from texting scams» Engadget RSS Feed
T-Mobile protested its innocence after the Federal Trade Commission accused it of letting text message-based scams run amok in the name of profit, but it's not going to fight that complaint to the bitter end. The UnCarrier has agreed to a settlement ...
13:33 Oklahoma and Nebraska ask Supreme Court to return legal weed to the black market» Boing Boing


Too many Oklahomans and Nebraskans are buying weed in Colorado and bringing it back home, and it has made the attorney generals in those states sad. They want Uncle Sam to take Colorado's legal weed away and give it back to the black market so that the drug cartels, corrupt government officials, and the prison industry can go back to business as usual. Read the rest

13:32 Sony Hack: Could secretive group of ethnic North Koreans in Japan be to blame?» Boing Boing
"A group of ethnic North Koreans residing in Japan known as the Chongryon are critical to North Korea’s cyber and intelligence programs, and help generate hard currency for the regime. " Read the rest
13:31 The Mentalist Sneak Peek: Meet 'Teresa Lisbon, Psychic Medium'...?!» TVLine » TVLine
This Sunday on The Mentalist (CBS, 9:30/8:30c), Patrick Jane isn’t feeling so hot. Cue Teresa Lisbon, psychic extraordinaire! As seen in the above sneak peek from the episode “Black Market,” an illness forces Jane to direct his FBI colleagues remotely, as they investigate a murder linked to a counterfeit diamond operation. That means that Jane […]
13:30 S Korea disbands 'pro-North' political party» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Constitutional Court bans left-wing UPP party and strips its five members of parliament of their seats.
13:30 If You Think Deep Links Are a Big Deal Now, Just Wait» WIRED
If You Think Deep Links Are a Big Deal Now, Just Wait

They were a discussion topic on Google’s Earnings Call and were a focus at I/O. Facebook created a standalone initiative called App Links to take a leadership position. Long time internet watcher John Battelle claims the quickening is nigh. What is it about deep links that has everyone so worked up? Today, they help us […]

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13:24 FBI is investigating #Gamergate» Boing Boing

Muckrock filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI for documents related to Gamergate. The request was refused. Read the rest

13:17 Obama says Sony 'made a mistake' in pulling 'The Interview'» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said Sony Pictures "made a mistake" in pulling the satirical film "The Interview" after suffering a devastating cyber attack blamed on North Korea. "I wish they (Sony) would have spoken to me first," Obama said at a news conference. "I would have told them, 'Do not get into a pattern in which you're intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.'"
13:14 Obama’s Bold Sony Statement: Canceling The Interview Was a ‘Mistake’» WIRED
Obama’s Bold Sony Statement: Canceling The Interview Was a ‘Mistake’

In his end-of-year press conference today, President Barack Obama called the decision by Sony Pictures Entertainment to cancel the release of its film The Interview a “mistake.” “I am sympathetic to the threats they face,” Obama said. “Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake…. “We cannot have a society in which […]

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13:09 'Illusion Coatings' Are Like Futuristic Camouflage» LiveScience.com
Instead of using invisibility cloaks to conceal objects from detection, "illusion coatings" could hide things by making them look like something else, researchers say.
13:00 TVLine Items: Bates' Peep Hole Promo, Broadchurch Return Bumped & More» TVLine » TVLine
Tracy Spiridakos checks into A&E’s Bates Motel next season, and TVLine has your first look at the Revolution alumna’s racy red debut in a promo that pays homage to Psycho. Spiridakos will recur as Annika Johnson, a mystery woman who shows up at the establishment. Bates Motel returns for Season 3 in March 2015. Ready […]
13:00 MasterChef Junior Season 3 Poster: Gordon Ramsay Serves Up a Pun!» TVLine » TVLine
While the smell of burnt toast lingers in your kitchen, a fresh crop of 8- to 13-year-old contestants is preparing to rock palates and explode minds on Season 3 of MasterChef Junior (premiering Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8/7c on FOX). Now, TVLine has an exclusive first look at the Season 3 poster — featuring judges […]
13:00 Over 9000 - The Battle For Bananas» Neatorama

Over 9000 by Donnie

The minions were all involved in an epic dragon ball fighter storyline which had gone super saiyan, and one little minion was said to have the highest banana fueled strength score in the compound. Scans confirmed that spiky haired Gomiku had a strength score of over 9000, a fact which caused his fellow fighters to give up the game! Gru, however, wasn't told anything about the dragon fighter game his little minions were playing, and he made the fatal mistake of raising his voice at Gomiku, whose little yellow body was now crackling with banana scented energy...

Minions and anime fighters collide on this Over 9000 t-shirt by Donnie, it's the perfect thing to wear when you fly into battle or while you're watching your favorite anime series.

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13:00 The Craziest Fast Food Creations Of 2014» Neatorama

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2014 was a good year for adventurous eaters, especially those who don’t snub offerings from fast food restaurants.

The fast food inventions created in 2014 were quite unique, with original hybrid tastes we've never seen before delivered to our tastebuds by cross branded creations worthy of waiting in that long drive thru line.

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We were introduced to a breakfast food idea we can actually create at home- The Waffle Taco, and we got to see what a taco would look like on a bun thanks to Del Taco:

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Those of us lucky enough to have Australian stomachs got to try Pizza Hut’s Doritos Crust pizza and KFC’s Popcorn Chicken Nacho Box:

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12:57 Obama on hack: "Sony made a mistake" in killing 'The Interview'» Boing Boing
Citing increased cybersecurity threats, President suggests "more rules about how the internet should operate" Read the rest
12:57 Why North Korea's Sony hack made 'The Interview' required viewing» Engadget RSS Feed
Congratulations, Guardians of Peace (and North Korea!) -- you've successfully prevented a "dangerous" Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy from getting released. But guess what? You've also made The Interview, which appeared to be just another slacker come...
12:53 Minecraft creator buys $70 million house in Beverly Hills» Boing Boing

In September Markus "Notch" Persson, the 35-year-old creator of Minecraft, sold his game company to Microsoft for $2.5 billion. This month, he spent 3% of it on a $70 million house in Beverly Hills. Read the rest

12:44 A Conversation with Wil Wheaton» Boing Boing
A splendid time with the actor-writer-blogger-geek-champion turned host of TableTop Read the rest
12:43 Turkey issues arrest warrant for Erdogan foe» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in the US since 1999, is wanted for "leading terrorist organisation".
12:40 Pakistan executes two after school massacre» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Two people hanged days after government lifted moratorium on death penalty in the wake of massacre that left 149 dead.
12:39 Tech Time Warp of the Week: The ’90s TV Special That Profiled Hackers and Their Glorious Hair» WIRED
Tech Time Warp of the Week: The ’90s TV Special That Profiled Hackers and Their Glorious Hair

In 1996, the first episode of Internet Cafe looked at the net's hacker problem. Not a lot has change since then.

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12:33 Garmin Vívosmart Fitness Tracker Review» LiveScience.com
Garmin's Vívosmart fitness band is part tracker, part smartwatch and part cheerleader.
12:32 Outlander Stars Tease 'Epic Battle,' High Stakes for Jamie and Claire» TVLine » TVLine
“If you enjoyed the first half of the season, the second half of the season’s a lot darker.” Outlander fans, you have been warned by Jamie Fraser himself. In the sneak peek below, Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe and more players from the Starz drama preview the second half of Season 1, bowing April 4, 2015 — […]
12:31 Mystery over square-shaped fire that started on sofa inside closed shop» Boing Boing

No one can explain how this square-shaped fire started on a sofa in a closed shop in London. A passer by noticed it and called it on.

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12:30 FCC seems to have lost hundreds of thousands of net neutrality comments» Boing Boing

Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "The Sunlight Foundation released a study based on data that the FCC had released to the public about the most recent batch of net neutrality comments.

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12:30 What to get when you want high-tech grooming» Engadget RSS Feed
It's that time of year again! You know, the one when you have to hand over your hard-earned cash or dole out the credit card digits to get the loved ones in your life a little something celebratory. Lucky you, we've got a slew of great recommendation...
12:22 WATCH: Man allegedly faked heart attack so friend could allegedly steal toys» Boing Boing

Two men in Florida were arrested after police examined a surveillance video that showed one of the men leaving a Walmart with a shopping cart loaded with toys while another man laid on the floor near the exit clutching his chest. After the man with the shopping cart left the store, the other got up from the floor and walked out. Read the rest

12:20 North Korea denies responsibility for Sony cyber attack» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea had nothing to do with a devastating cyber attack against Sony Pictures, a North Korean U.N. diplomat said on Friday after the U.S. government blamed Pyongyang for the incident.
12:10 President Obama says canceling release of 'The Interview' was a mistake» Engadget RSS Feed
Sony's already acquiescing to demands made by the North Korean hackers associated with the Guardians of Peace, and the US' commander-in-chief is none too pleased by it. In a press conference that led off with a recap of his past year in office, Presi...
12:00 A Day in the Life of a Cartoonist» Neatorama

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To be an artist is to commune with the collective unconscious, giving to and sharing from the universal body of narrative which flows through the human experience. To reduce the viscosity of that flow, add coffee. It speeds up the communing process. You'll need that if you're going to make that afternoon appointment. Joel Watson, a webcomic artist, explains how he works.

12:00 MSI GT72 Dominator review: a worthy successor to a great gaming notebook» Engadget RSS Feed
The last time I saw MSI's Dominator laptop, I was sick of it. There wasn't anything wrong with it, but at the time, the product name belonged to the GT70: a powerhouse gaming machine that hasn't evolved much since its introduction in 2012. Back then,...
11:56 The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots» Slashdot
Jason Koebler writes: If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won't look like little green men, or spiny insectoids. It's likely they won't be biological creatures at all, but rather, advanced robots that outstrip our intelligence in every conceivable way. Susan Schneider, a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, joins a handful of astronomers, including Seth Shostak, director of NASA's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, NASA Astrobiologist Paul Davies, and Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology Stephen Dick in espousing the view that the dominant intelligence in the cosmos is probably artificial. In her paper "Alien Minds," written for a forthcoming NASA publication, Schneider describes why alien life forms are likely to be synthetic, and how such creatures might think.

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11:52 A ghostly view of Horsehead nebula in new image from Spitzer Space Telescope» Boing Boing
A gorgeous infrared image sheds new light on a famous nebula. Read the rest
11:45 U.S. consults Japan, China, South Korea, Russia on North Korean hacking» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has consulted with Japan, China, South Korea and Russia seeking assistance in reining in North Korean cyber attacks, a U.S. official said on Friday. The official, speaking after the FBI blamed North Korea for a devastating cyber attack against Sony Pictures, said Washington had started "working through diplomatic channels to register our concerns and ask for assistance." (Reporting By Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
11:35 Why'd SNL Snub Sherlock? Was Once a Bit Sketchy? Did White Collar Call for a Pretty Cameo? And More TV Qs» TVLine » TVLine
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Once Upon a Time, Hart of Dixie, NCIS and White Collar! 1 | Should we read anything into the fact that Saturday Night Live host Martin Freeman omitted Sherlock from his […]
11:33 Christian Slater's Mr. Robot Gets Series Order at USA Network» TVLine » TVLine
Here’s one title you’re almost certain to find on C-3PO’s DVR in 2015: USA Network has given a 10-episode series order to Mr. Robot, a drama set in the world of cybersecurity starring Christian Slater (True Romance, Mind Games) and Rami Malek (24). The logline for the series is as follows: “Mr. Robot is a […]
11:28 Instagram is now worth 49 times what Facebook paid for it» Engadget RSS Feed
Many baulked when Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg agreed to drop $1 billion on Instagram in April 2012. "That's $33 per user," said some; "there's no business model!" screamed others. Less than three years later and Citigroup now says Instagram is wort...
11:26 FBI: North Korea is responsible for Sony Pictures hacks. We have proof.» Boing Boing
A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film ''The Interview'' in Los Angeles, California December 11, 2014. [REUTERS]

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles.[REUTERS]

A statement released by the FBI today blames the government of North Korea for the devastating Sony hack, which appears to have been motivated by offense taken at "The Interview," a film about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Read the rest

11:23 Street Angel Comic: Meet CosMick!» Boing Boing
When an Irish astronaut crashes in Wilkesborough, people are not happy!  Street Angel 009 is by Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca. Read the rest
11:03 Kevin Kelly's gift guide of cool toys» Boing Boing

At Cool Tools Kevin Kelly presents 7 or 8 cool toy gift ideas. I'm excited to learn that there are a few new Perplexuses: the Rookie, the Twist, and the Epic.

11:00 The Paper Mache Creations of Dan Reeder» Neatorama

Dan Reeder (featured previously at Neatorama for a Maleficent wall mounted piece) is an artist from Seattle who has been making these detailed paper mache characters for 40 years. His technique, shown in the video below, blends a structure of paper mache with a painted, cloth "skin." Reeder has authored several books on his craft, his latest being Paper Mache Dragons: Making Dragons & Trophies Using Paper & Cloth Mache, which is available on Amazon

See more photos of Reeder's paper mache pieceshere. 


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Via: Laughing Squid | Images: Dan Reeder 


10:57 Donald Duck promoting birth control? Sex ed history» Boing Boing

Collector's Weekly presents Slut Shaming, Eugenics and Donald Duck: The Scandalous History of Sex-Ed Movies, exploring the strange, often awkward and puritanical history of education about birth control and disease prevention through the years.

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10:55 Worst US airlines for baggage loss and mishaps» Boing Boing

The latest DoT Air Travel Consumer Report ranks America's airlines by "mishandled" baggage incidents as a fraction of passengers carried -- the worst is Envoy Air, the best is Virgin. Read the rest

10:53 Otis and Dorothy Shepard: exemplars of mid-20th century design» Boing Boing

Anyone with even a passing interest in mid-20th century design has heard of Charles and Ray Eames, but Otis and Dorothy Shepard were arguably the more influential designing couple. Until recently, little was known about the pair, each of whom was an accomplished artist in their own right, efficient with line, unerring with color. A gorgeous new book by Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadal titled Dorothy and Otis: Designing the American Dream corrects this gap in the design literature. Filled with never-before-published materials from the Shepard family’s archives, the book is packed with both personal photos and key examples of their work from the 1930s to 1960s. Read the rest

10:53 Help cure Ebola by donating your smartphone's idle time» Engadget RSS Feed
You know how your smartphone and computer just do nothing when you're not using them? You can now put those slackers to work in a noble cause: helping cure the Ebola virus. IBM's World Community Grid has teamed up with scientists from the Scripps Res...
10:48 Anyone Can Now Launch Their Own Version of the Pirate Bay» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: Not satisfied with merely launching The Old Pirate Bay, torrent site isoHunt today debuted The Open Bay, which lets anyone deploy their own version of The Pirate Bay online. This is achieved via a new six-step wizard, which the group says requires you to be somewhat tech-savvy and have "minimal knowledge of how the Internet and websites work." The Pirate Bay, the most popular file sharing website on the planet, went down last week following police raids on its data center in Sweden. As we've noted before, The Old Pirate Bay appears to be the best alternative at the moment, but since The Pirate Bay team doesn't know if it's coming back yet, there is still a huge hole left to be filled.

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10:48 All the Evidence the Government Will Present In the Silk Road Trial Is Online» Slashdot
apexcp writes: In less than a month, one of the biggest trials of 2015 will begin in New York City. The full list of government evidence and defense objections found its way online recently, shedding light on both the prosecutor's courtroom strategy and the defense team's attempted rebuttals. Also important is what's not presented as evidence. There's not a single piece of forensic documentation about how the FBI originally found Silk Road servers, an act the defense as called "blatantly criminal."

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10:45 Daring Philae Comet Landing Named Top Breakthrough of 2014» LiveScience.com
The first-ever soft landing of a robotic probe the surface of a comet has just been named the top scientific breakthrough of 2014 by the journal Science.
10:41 Hollywood trade group, MPAA, calls Sony cyberattack 'despicable, criminal act'» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Senator Chris Dodd, now the leader the Motion Picture Association of America on Friday called the cyberattack on Sony Pictures a "despicable, criminal act," in what is believed to be the first statement from major Hollywood studios on the hack. The U.S. government has concluded that North Korea is responsible for the hack on Sony Pictures, which was targeted for its satirical comedy, "The Interview," about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Alden Bentley)
10:40 Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion, Eclipsing Twitter» WIRED
Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion, Eclipsing Twitter

On Friday, Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram from $19 billion to $35 billion.

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10:38 Advertising characters exhibit at the SFO International Terminal» Boing Boing

Warren Dotz is the author of several excellent books about graphic design and advertising art. The SFO International Terminal is holding an exhibit of his collection of advertising characters.

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10:32 Full text of U.S. FBI statement on Sony cyberattack» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Following is the full text of the FBI's statement on Friday on the recent cyberattack against the Hollywood movie studio Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp. : "Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).  In late November, SPE confirmed that it was the victim of a cyber attack that destroyed systems and stole large quantities of personal and commercial data. ...
10:15 RuPaul on 'gaymers,' Tim Cook's coming out and why we need to lighten up» Engadget RSS Feed
RuPaul Charles is nothing if not brutally frank. And with a decades-spanning career that's taken him from former New York City club kid to one-time "Supermodel (of the World)," to current host of Logo TV's cult reality show competition RuPaul's Drag ...
10:01 The Savvy Plan to Combat Malaria With Mobile Phones» WIRED
The Savvy Plan to Combat Malaria With Mobile Phones

Martin Edlund likes to say that malaria could be the first disease to be beaten by mobile phones. Yes, he happens to be the CEO of the non-profit Malaria No More, so he has to say stuff like that, but no, it’s not a total pipedream.

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10:00 Greatest Jenga Move Ever» Neatorama

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Well, maybe the greatest human Jenga move ever. It’s hard to beat the video of a cat playing Jenga. Still, this young lady deserved 15 minutes of fame for this gutsy move that paid off. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

09:58 U.S. to make formal announcement on Sony attack: U.S. official» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Friday were expected to make a formal statement on the devastating cyberattack against Sony Pictures on Friday morning, a U.S. official said.
09:51 FBI confirms North Korea's involvement in Sony hack as attackers talk ceasefire» Engadget RSS Feed
After a whole host of unconfirmed media reports, the Federal Bureau of Investigation just officially stated it believes that North Korea was indeed involved with a gigantic Sony hack that saw personal information, unreleased movies and thousands of e...
09:41 Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere» Slashdot
krakman writes: Researchers discovered security flaws in SS7 that allow listening to private phone calls and intercepting text messages on a potentially massive scale – even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available. The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in Hamburg this month, are actually functions built into SS7 for other purposes – such as keeping calls connected as users speed down highways, switching from cell tower to cell tower – that hackers can repurpose for surveillance because of the lax security on the network. It is thought that these flaws were used for bugging German Chancellor Angela's Merkel's phone. Those skilled at the housekeeping functions built into SS7 can locate callers anywhere in the world, listen to calls as they happen or record hundreds of encrypted calls and texts at a time for later decryption (Google translation of German original). There is also potential to defraud users and cellular carriers by using SS7 functions, the researchers say. This is another result of security being considered only after the fact, as opposed to being part of the initial design.

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09:41 Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated» Slashdot
wabrandsma sends this news from Phys.org: Here's a nice surprise: quantum physics is less complicated than we thought. An international team of researchers has proved that two peculiar features of the quantum world previously considered distinct are different manifestations of the same thing. The result is published 19 December in Nature Communications. Patrick Coles, Jedrzej Kaniewski, and Stephanie Wehner made the breakthrough while at the Center for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore. They found that wave-particle duality is simply the quantum uncertainty principle in disguise, reducing two mysteries to one.

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09:41 Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower» Slashdot
theodp writes: The idea of programming as a superpower was touched upon by CS teacher Alfred Thompson back in 2010, but it became a rallying call of sorts for the Hour of Code after Dropbox CEO Drew Houston described coding as "the closest thing we have to a superpower" in a Code.org video that went viral. And if the kids who learned to code with the President last week were dubious about the power of coding, this week's decision by Sony to scrap the release of the satirical film The Interview after a massive hack attack should put aside any doubts, especially after new revelations that Sony had reached out to the White House for help and screened the film for administration officials back in June. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that the Obama Administration is viewing the Sony attack as a "serious national security matter" and is considering a range of possible options as a response, which could turn things into a contest of U.S. Superpower vs. Coding Superpower. In case it wasn't mentioned last week, remember to always use your coding superpower for good, kids!

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09:38 Ratings: Jingle Ball Rises, 2-1/2 Men and Mom Slip, Old Bang Tops Night» TVLine » TVLine
Leading out of a Big Bang rerun — which led Thursday in both total viewers (10.7 million) and in the demo (with a 2.3 rating) — CBS’ Mom this week drew 10.1 mil and a 2.3, dipping 6 and 11 percent, yet tying Big Bang for the demo win. Two and a Half Men (9 […]
09:35 Iraqi Kurds say siege of Mount Sinjar broken» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Peshmerga forces claim breakthrough against ISIL, reaching mountain where hundreds of Yazidis are trapped.
09:35 Pakistan army 'kills dozens of Taliban'» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Military says 32 fighters were killed in an operation in the northwestern Tirah valley close to Afghan border.
09:30 How Samsung became the king of CES and where it's going next» Engadget RSS Feed
Long before Transformers director Michael Bay choked onstage at Samsung's lavish CES 2014 press conference, the Korean company was just another electronics outfit begging for attention. But after decades at CES, Samsung is now the undisputed king of ...
09:25 Meteor Radar? Solar Wind Could Help Predict Impacts» LiveScience.com
Near-Earth objects about the size of the Chelyabinsk meteor shower could potentially be detected by their interaction with solar wind as they travel through space.
09:20 Caramel Apples Linked with Listeria Outbreak in 10 States» LiveScience.com
Five people have died in a Listeria outbreak likely related to contaminated caramel apples, according to health officials.
09:12 FIFA to release World Cup 'corruption' report» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
FIFA boss says "truth" about how bidding for 2018 and 2022 football tournaments was conducted needs to be known.
09:04 Mmm! Unraveling the Chemistry of Christmas Cookies» LiveScience.com
Chemistry makes Christmas cookies possible, whether crispy, chewy or cake-like in texture. Here's how the combination of fat, flour and sugar can become complicated quickly.
09:03 Amazon adds Disney and Dora to FreeTime Unlimited kids service» Engadget RSS Feed
There's a new way to amuse, educate or just distract your offspring while Mommy has a little sippy-poo for the holidays -- Amazon has just dumped a bunch of new content into FreeTime Unlimited. The kid-centric service runs $2.99 a month for Prime sub...
09:00 Bizarre Hanukkah Gifts Found On Etsy» Neatorama

Hanukkah is in full swing, and that means it’s time for merchandisers and retailers to cash in on yet another religious holiday by peddling some cheap quality crap! But how can someone who doesn't agree with the commercialization of a religious holiday fight back?

By buying some totally unique, handmade Hanukkah crap on Etsy, like this amazing Raptor Menorah created by The Vanilla Studio:  

They make all kinds of different dinosaur menorahs, from the mighty T-Rex to the mighty large Brontosaurus, and each one is unique, hand made and costs less than a hundred bucks.

Looking to take Hanukkah back to the old school, but not so far back you see dinosaurs spinning dreidels? You need the new hot look for winter- the Jew Chainz Star Of David sweatshirt from wethouse, for that new jack swing bling.

But what kinda card does a straight up gangsta give out on Hanukkah, yo? How about one with a famous Jewish celebrity on it- the Drake Happy Hanukkah card by Instagrandmaw, which will make the giftee go "oh no he or she didn't!"

But what about something for the older folks, something with less street cred and more cute?

These adorable Terrier Hanukkah ornaments from Stanley and Stewart have got you covered, and they even make one which you can customize with a photo of your own pet, for that personalized touch of kitsch.

See more of The Soup's Whatsy- Hanukkah Gift Edition here

08:43 Only fraction of Gaza pledged aid delivered» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Just two percent of $5.4bn pledged by countries to help rebuild Palestinian enclave has been transferred, officials say.
08:33 Amazon updates Fire phone to translate text and identify art in photos» Engadget RSS Feed
Amazon SVP of Devices David Limp promised back in October that the company will continue releasing updates for the Fire phone despite its rather poor performance -- like this big software upgrade, for instance. The latest version of Fire phone's OS c...
08:30 Review: Leveraxe Vipukirves 2» WIRED
Review: Leveraxe Vipukirves 2

The new Leveraxe Vipukirves 2 has a wonky, cherry-red axe head that's not only bizarrely shaped, but gives it the power to tear a log a new one.

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08:25 Super Typhoon Shoved Car-Size Boulders Onto Philippine Beaches » LiveScience.com
Boulders the size of stretch limousines were moved by storm waves during Super Typhoon Haiyan.
08:21 This Is Your Brain On Reading - Computer Model Developed | Video» LiveScience.com
08:06 Engineers are working for free to make Elon Musk's Hyperloop a reality» Engadget RSS Feed
Nobody laughs much at Elon Musk anymore, but plenty of people snickered at his Hyperloop idea (okay, also the killer robot thing). To remind you, the Hyperloop is a series of underground trains powered by compressed air that transport folks between c...
08:00 Rejected Christmas Card Design» Neatorama

Killhouse was asked to design a Christmas card for his office. They nixed his first idea, despite the fact that it goes above and beyond to be all-inclusive and offend no one. He said,

This is the second, cleaned up, version so anyone can use it if they want to, so my hard effort doesn't go to waste.

They had me draw a Santa hat beside some cookies and a glass of milk instead. It was pretty boring.

I’m sure that your clients will enjoy a card with a Santa hat and cookies… while the internet enjoys the Bumble and his nonsensical holiday greeting.

07:56 The day I met a creationist at the science conference» Boing Boing

The last place you expect to meet a creationist is at the annual American Geophysical Union conference. I don't know how I got so lucky.

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07:51 Cops cancel "let us search your house for guns" program» Boing Boing

Police in Beloit, WI planned to fight gun-violence by asking citizens to let them come into their houses and search for guns, but not many people were interested in this offer. Read the rest

07:48 2014 Pliny for Volcanic Event of the Year: Nominations Open!» WIRED
2014 Pliny for Volcanic Event of the Year: Nominations Open!

The nominations are open for the 2014 Pliny for Volcanic Event of the Year!

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07:47 Amazon brings 4K streaming to Prime Instant Video in the UK» Engadget RSS Feed
Even though the majority of Britons don't own an 4K TV, that isn't stopping streaming providers from upgrading their video quality before ultra high-definition (UHD) becomes the next big thing. Netflix began delivering pixel-rich versions of House of...
07:42 Adventurers can help science by sharing their data» Boing Boing

By adding a little sampling to their adventures out in the wild, explorers in hard-to-reach locations could lend a big hand to scientific research.

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07:39 Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'» Slashdot
Layzej writes: Prominent scientists, science communicators, and skeptic activists, are calling on the news media to stop using the word "skeptic" when referring to those who refuse to accept the reality of climate change, and instead refer to them by what they really are: science deniers. "Not all individuals who call themselves climate change skeptics are deniers. But virtually all deniers have falsely branded themselves as skeptics. By perpetrating this misnomer, journalists have granted undeserved credibility to those who reject science and scientific inquiry."

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07:33 Find more queer women of color on Netflix» Boing Boing

Sistah Sinema aims to offer a wide selection of films by and about queer women of color. It's via a partnership with Indieflix which hopes to add about five titles per month to the platform while showcasing global diversity.

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07:32 George R.R. Martin and indie cinemas want 'The Interview' to live on» Engadget RSS Feed
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has called the cancellation of Sony's The Interview "a stunning display of cowardice," and says he'd be glad to show it in his own theater, the Jean Cocteau Cinema in New Mexico. Like other celebrities (inclu...
07:30 A Trippy Orchestra Made Entirely From Lamps and Electricity» WIRED
A Trippy Orchestra Made Entirely From Lamps and Electricity

The set up is effectively giving lamps a voice, which is an interesting idea to ponder.

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07:28 Scientists track water locked hundreds of miles underground» Boing Boing

The Earth is full of water. Not just lakes, river, streams, and oceans on the crustal surface, or even aquifers close to the surface—the planet literally holds water inside itself.

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07:22 LISTEN: Wil Wheaton reads "Information Doesn't Want to Be Free"» Boing Boing

I've posted the first chapter (MP3) of Wil Wheaton's reading of my book Information Doesn't Want to Be Free (which sports introductions by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer!), which is available as a $15 DRM-free audiobook, sweetened by samples from Amanda Palmer and Dresden Dolls' "Coin-Operated Boy." Read the rest

07:21 Dark mornings: tool to help you calculate gloomy commutes» Boing Boing

gmoomyThe toughest part of the Winter season isn't the cold, the blues, or December's annual cramming of a full month's work plus last-minute whatevers into three actual work weeks (are you on Boing Boing pre-holiday procrastinating? Hey, me too!) The hard part is commuting in the dark. Read the rest

07:05 Book Review: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions» WIRED
Book Review: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Here is a book review of Randall Munroe's What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Questions. Overall, a great book. I recommend it.

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07:01 iGo's electric Fatbike takes the grunt-work out of climbing» Engadget RSS Feed
We realize that the market for a nearly $4,000 bicycle is going to be fairly limited -- especially when it's made for serious off-roading -- but bear with us for a moment. The iGo Electric Fatbike is a bit different than the electric two-wheelers we'...
07:00 The Adventures of Ruuxa and Raina» Neatorama

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Ruuxa the cheetah and Raina the Rhodesian ridgeback (featured previously at Neatorama) have grown up together since they were six and seven weeks old, respectively. Raina was selected to be paired with Ruuxa by the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where the two reside.  Dogs are paired to be raised with chosen “cheetah ambassadors” in order to keep them calm and socialized. 

The video above shows Ruuxa restricted to limited mobility as he heals from surgery to repair a growth abnormality in his legs. Raina accompanied Ruuxa into surgery to keep him calm and happy throughout the procedure. The video below shows Ruuxa at seven months old, having recovered from surgery and gaining strength by exercising his legs and feet while running at full speed with Raina.  

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06:37 Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA» Slashdot
HughPickens.com writes The human genome is astonishingly complex and dynamic, with genes constantly turning on or off, depending on what biochemical signals they receive from the body. Scientists have known that certain genes become active or quieter as a result of exercise but they hadn't understood how those genes knew how to respond to exercise. Now the NYT reports that scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have completed a study where they recruited 23 young and healthy men and women, brought them to the lab for a series of physical performance and medical tests, including a muscle biopsy, and then asked them to exercise half of their lower bodies for three months. The volunteers pedaled one-legged at a moderate pace for 45 minutes, four times per week for three months. Then the scientists repeated the muscle biopsies and other tests with each volunteer. Not surprisingly, the volunteers' exercised leg was more powerful now than the other, showing that the exercise had resulted in physical improvements. But there were also changes within the exercised muscle cells' DNA. Using technology that analyses 480,000 positions throughout the genome, they could see that new methylation patterns had taken place in 7,000 genes (an individual has 20–25,000 genes). In a process known as DNA methylation, clusters of atoms, called methyl groups, attach to the outside of a gene like microscopic mollusks and make the gene more or less able to receive and respond to biochemical signals from the body. In the exercised portions of the bodies, many of the methylation changes were on portions of the genome known as enhancers that can amplify the expression of proteins by genes. And gene expression was noticeably increased or changed in thousands of the muscle-cell genes that the researchers studied. Most of the genes in question are known to play a role in energy metabolism, insulin response and inflammation within muscles. In other words, they affect how healthy and fit our muscles — and bodies — become. Many mysteries still remain but the message of the study is unambiguous. "Through endurance training — a lifestyle change that is easily available for most people and doesn't cost much money," says Sara Lindholm, "we can induce changes that affect how we use our genes and, through that, get healthier and more functional muscles that ultimately improve our quality of life."

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06:20 Apple's Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by fresh allegations of factory worker mistreatment» Engadget RSS Feed
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he's "deeply offended" by fresh allegations of poor working conditions in its suppliers' Chinese factories. Contractors hired by Apple to assemble its latest products have been exposed before, and while the firm has tried ...
06:00 Sticky Fingers: 6 Brazen Acts of Culinary Thievery» Neatorama

King Frederick inspects the potato crops.


The potato came to Europe in the late 1500s, but it wasn’t met with a warm welcome. Disregarded by most, it was first used only to feed livestock. But Frederick the Great of Prussia saw the tuber’s potential. Sure, potatoes tasted bland, but they were versatile, cheaper than bread, and easy to stockpile. He introduced them to his army in 1744 and later freely distributed them to peasants during famine. The people weren’t convinced. In fact, the town of Kolberg was so put off that it responded in a letter: “The things have neither smell nor taste, not even the dogs will eat them, so what use are they to us?” To change public opinion, King Frederick employed some reverse psychology and established a royal potato field patrolled by soldiers. Soon, curious citizens were slinking around at night with stolen potatoes to plant in their gardens -exactly what Frederick wanted.


Thomas Jefferson knew how important healthy farms were to his fledgling nation, and he didn’t mind getting his hands dirty to keep his country strong. By summer 1787, the American rice industry was starting to crumble. The rice was mostly grown in swamps, and the stagnant water was a breeding ground for mosquitoes that made nearby workers sick. During his tenure as minister to France, Jefferson found the farmers’ solution: a dry, upland variety of rice grown in Italy. There was just one problem: Italian law forbade “the exportation of rough rice on pain of death.” Jefferson, however, used his power to declare the rice independent, secretly filling his coat pockets with the unhusked varietel before making for the border.


05:48 BlackBerry's surviving, but not as a smartphone company» Engadget RSS Feed
It's been almost a year since John Chen was appointed to save Blackberry and it's clear that his grand plan has, at least, stopped the company losing money hand over fist. In the Canadian outfit's latest three month report, it reveals that losses hav...
05:03 BlackBerry closes acquisition of Germany's Secusmart» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

An attendee takes a photo during the launch event for the new Blackberry Classic smartphone in New YorkTORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said Friday it has completed its acquisition of Secusmart, a privately held firm that specializes in voice and data encryption. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry agreed to buy the German maker of encryption and anti-eavesdropping services in July, in a move to burnish its credentials with highly security-conscious clients like government ‎agencies. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. ...

05:00 MIT Computer Scientists Demonstrate the Hard Way That Gender Still Matters» WIRED
MIT Computer Scientists Demonstrate the Hard Way That Gender Still Matters

"Ask us anything!" we wrote for our Reddit Ask Me Anything session last Friday. And then, boom: “Why does it matter that you're female?” “Why should your gender matter if you’re talking about research?” Dozens of questions like these were interspersed with marriage proposals and requests to "make me a sandwich."

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05:00 This Week’s Weirdest Wild Animal Encounters» WIRED
This Week’s Weirdest Wild Animal Encounters

A feral cat broke into a Russian airport and ate $1,000 worth of seafood, a black bear beat up a Santa Claus, and a tiger released into the wild by Vladimir Putin was caught on camera devouring a pet dog in China for two hours.

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05:00 Li Hongbo's Carved Knives» Neatorama

No, not carving knives, but carved knives. We've previously featured Li Hongbo's flexible paper sculptures. More recently, he exhibitedthese unusual sculptures at Contemporary by Angela Li, an art gallery in Hong Kong. They are food chopping knives that are immediately recognizable in any Chinese kitchen. By pulling the steel for the raised images out of the blades, he has created mirror animal images of positive and negative space.

05:00 This Week’s Best TV: The Hobbit Goes to The Office and Colbert Says Goodbye» WIRED
This Week’s Best TV: The Hobbit Goes to The Office and Colbert Says Goodbye

What do you get when you cross an evil Christmas elf, a Heisman winner, sex toys, and Kendrick Lamar? Why, you get this week's best TV, of course! Read on.

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04:50 Running an Ebola Clinic in Sierra Leone Is All About Containment—And Chlorine» WIRED
Running an Ebola Clinic in Sierra Leone Is All About Containment—And Chlorine

Treating patients with the deadly Ebola virus takes doctors, drugs, and a whole lot of chlorine.

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04:46 Japanese activist challenges secrets law with whistleblower tool» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
By Teppei Kasai TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese Internet activist and academic is challenging a new state secrets law by setting up a website aimed at making it easier for government officials to leak sensitive information to the media without getting caught. The website, unveiled on Friday, uses an open source platform called GlobaLeaks developed by the Europe-based Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights, said Masayuki Hatta, an economics lecturer at Surugadai University. ...
04:40 Peter Jackson Must Be Stopped» WIRED
Peter Jackson Must Be Stopped

For fantasy to work, it has to be based on reality. Unfortunately, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies---and the Hobbit trilogy as a whole---is not.

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04:36 Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot» Slashdot
SternisheFan notes that Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado over marijuana legalization. The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, arguing state-legalized marijuana from Colorado is improperly spilling across state lines. The suit invokes the federal government's right to regulate both drugs and interstate commerce, and says Colorado's decision to legalize marijuana has been "particularly burdensome" to police agencies on the other side of the state line. In June, USA TODAY highlighted the flow of marijuana from Colorado into small towns across Nebraska: felony drug arrests in Chappell, Neb., just 7 miles north of the Colorado border have skyrocketed 400% in three years. "In passing and enforcing Amendment 64, the state of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system enacted by the United States Congress. Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining plaintiff states' own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems," says the lawsuit. "The Constitution and the federal anti-drug laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local pro-drug policies and licensed distribution schemes throughout the country which conflict with federal laws."

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04:30 What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling» WIRED
What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling

A ship of nerds, of which I am one. A secret font of geek culture. A pop-up community that inverts the classic rules of social hierarchy and celebrates new ones. Which should sound pretty great to me. It really should.

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04:30 How Colorado Keeps 9,000 Miles of Highway Clear of Snow» WIRED
How Colorado Keeps 9,000 Miles of Highway Clear of Snow

Working with state and federal agencies, track weather a thousand miles and days away, move employees all over the state, and track everything down to pavement temperature to push back Mother Nature.

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04:30 An App That Uses AI to Pick Outfits for You» WIRED
An App That Uses AI to Pick Outfits for You

Upload a photo of a shirt or a pair of pants, and using computer vision and machine learning, StyleIt tells you what else to wear.

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04:30 At $450, Silica’s New Bicycle Pump Better Last Forever» WIRED
At $450, Silica’s New Bicycle Pump Better Last Forever

This $450 bike pump uses a 12,000 PSI hose originally designed for aircraft and race car brake lines and weighs close to seven pounds.

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04:30 If Cavemen Had CAD, This Is the Home They’d Design» WIRED
If Cavemen Had CAD, This Is the Home They’d Design

This clean modern cabin in Norway is hardly a hole in the side of a mountain, but it does harken back to some of our ancestors' elemental concerns.

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04:25 The MPAA is playing politics to help topple Google» Engadget RSS Feed
Google sees itself as an unbiased index of the web, saying that it only removes results when lawmakers deem them to be illegal. Unfortunately, that's not an argument that holds much sway with the movie studios, still smarting after the heavy-handed S...
04:00 New Mama Kitten Adopts Abandoned Pit Bull Puppy» Neatorama

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This video from summer 2013 is just starting to get attention. A pit bull puppy only a few days old was found abandoned and came into the care of the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Knowing the pit bull needed a mother's love, the staff experimented by placing the pup with a new mother cat and her kittens. The cat took to the pup right away and adopted him as her own. The tiny pup will never know how lucky he was, nor will the cat know how much her act of inclusion changed his life. -Via Viral Viral Videos

03:39 Ayn Rand reviews children's movies» Boing Boing

The New Yorker's "Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies" is less funny than it should be (most of the jokes are pretty obvious), but it's not bad. Read the rest

03:35 Comcast's new customer service fix: use the app to schedule a call» Engadget RSS Feed
Years of being dinged for ineffective and unresponsive customer service may be catching up to Comcast, which is finally responding with some much-needed tweaks. Charlie Herrin became its SVP of Customer Experience in September, bringing new features ...
03:34 Kepler Makes First Exoplanet Discovery After Mission Reboot» Slashdot
astroengine writes NASA's Kepler space telescope has detected its first new extrasolar planet after mission engineers were able to save the mission from a premature death after two of the exoplanet hunter's four stabilizing reaction wheels failed last year. Called "K2," the extended mission arose from an "innovative idea" that appears to have given the prolific telescope a new lease on life. "Last summer, the possibility of a scientifically productive mission for Kepler after its reaction wheel failure in its extended mission was not part of the conversation," said Paul Hertz, NASA's astrophysics division director at the agency's headquarters in Washington D.C. "Today, thanks to an innovative idea and lots of hard work by the NASA and Ball Aerospace team, Kepler may well deliver the first candidates for follow-up study by the James Webb Space Telescope to characterize the atmospheres of distant worlds and search for signatures of life."

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03:28 Kenya's Parliament erupts into chaos as government rams through brutal "anti-terrorism" law» Boing Boing

MPs shredded their papers and threw them, and got into fistfights with one another over the new law, which allows the government to imprison suspects for 360 days without charge, and to fine press outlets millions for publishing articles "likely to cause fear or alarm" (this term is not defined in the statute). Read the rest

03:22 Gingerbread Enterprise» Boing Boing

Blackmarket Bakery sends us, "a gingerbread recreation of the Starship Enterprise from 'Star Trek,' created by us and on display at our store in Costa Mesa, CA."

03:11 NY DA gives unlicensed driver who killed senior in crosswalk a $400 fine» Boing Boing

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance brokered the $400 penalty for Kristin Rodriguez, an unlicensed driver who struck and killed 66 year old Keiko Ohnishi as she was crossing the street. Read the rest

03:00 Nes'y Christmas - Classic Console Holiday Cheer» Neatorama

Nes'y Christmas by Gordon Brebner Designs

Old school gamers remember the feeling of unwrapping shiny new game cartridges on Christmas, and spending the rest of winter break trying to beat your new games before your friends. The shape of the box usually gave away the contents of those NES related presents, but the big surprise was seeing which game was hiding under the paper. Sometimes it was a really good surprise, like when Grandma actually heard your pleas and bought you the newest, hottest game, and sometimes it was a total bust, like when you got Excitebike for the fifth time, but as long as it was a new NES console cartridge all was right in the world. We wish you a NES'y Christmas and a geeky New Year!

Celebrate the holiday season the classic console way- with this Nes'Y Christmas t-shirt by Gordon Brebner Designs, and start the new year with some old school cool!

Visit Gordon Brebner Designs's Facebook fan page, Tumblr and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more geek-tastic designs:

Metal Gear Miles

Invisible Plane Owners' Workshop Manual

Don's PianosBeards and Bacon

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03:00 This Pizza Has 99 Different Types of Cheese» Neatorama

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Like the legendary Prometheus, Johnny Di Francesco stands before us, offering humanity a chance to boldly advance forward. He's a chef in Melbourne, Australia and the inventor of this marvel: a pizza that has no fewer than 99 different types of cheese.

To make the pizza, he melts together 94 different cheeses into one pot, which then cools. From this solid block of mixed cheese, he composes the cheese body of his pizza. Then Di Francesco adds portions of fior di latte, buffalo mozzarella, ricotta, raspadura, and goat cheese. It's so beautiful that I could cry.

-via Daily of the Day

02:36 When makers festively daydream, they're accompanied by singing LEDs» Engadget RSS Feed
"... Dangerous torches with pages of rules These are a few of my favorite tools" Time to put the soldering iron down, Becky....
02:00 The All-Star Musical Finale From The Final Episode Of The Colbert Report» Neatorama

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The Colbert Report is no more. The final episode included a fitting tribute from his friends, a singalong to “We’ll Meet Again,” including everyone who is anyone, whether they were there or not. There’s Patrick Stewart, George Lucas, Gloria Steinhem, Henry Kissinger, Alan Alda, Ken Burns, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Willie Nelson, Cookie Monster, and a whole lot of other folks you may recognize. -via Uproxx

01:26 Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009» Slashdot
Molly McHugh writes When Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, and I owned a BlackBerry Curve. To me, my BlackBerry was close to being the absolute perfect smartphone. Today, BlackBerry revealed the Classic, a phone that is designed to make me—and everyone who owned a BlackBerry before the touchscreen revolution—remember how much we loved them.

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01:11 Balotelli fined 25,000 pounds and banned for one game» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at Old Trafford in ManchesterLONDON (Reuters) - Controversial Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli was suspended for one match by the FA on Thursday and fined 25,000 pounds ($39,152) after posting an offensive message on social media. Earlier this month, the Italian showed a picture on his Instagram account containing racist and anti-Semitic connotations. "Mario Balotelli has been fined 25,000 pounds, suspended for one match with immediate effect, subject to appeal, and warned as to his future conduct after he admitted breaching FA rules in relation to social media," the FA said in a statement. ...

01:09 The internet's governing body was hacked, too» Engadget RSS Feed
The Sony Pictures hack is getting all of the attention right about now, but it turns out that another prominent organization recently was victim to a security breach as well. Last month, ICANN, the outfit that regulates the internet's domain names an...
01:00 National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 Winners» Neatorama

 Image: Christian Miller, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Australia | Honorable Mention, Nature category

National Geographic
judges have selected the winning entries in their 2014 Photography Contest. The winning entries were chosen from a total of 9,200 total entries. The competition is divided into three categories: nature, places and people. The grand prize winner received $10,000. Here are some stunning examples. 

See all of the captivating images selected by the judges here. 

Image: Archna Singh, Madhya Pradesh, India | Honorable Mention, Nature category

Image: Henrik Nilsson, Boundary Bay, BC, Canada | Honorable Mention, Nature category

Image: Brian Yen, Hong Kong | Grand Prize Winner and People category winner

01:00 9 Famous Movies That Have Cooler Titles in Foreign Countries» Cracked: All Posts
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01:00 6 Ways Gamers Have Taken The Fun Out of Gaming» Cracked: All Posts
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01:00 5 Old Holiday Games That Prove Your Grandparents Were Insane» Cracked: All Posts
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01:00 4 Christmas Movies That Get More Praise Than They Deserve» Cracked: All Posts
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00:00 Rolling Droid Christmas Ornament» Neatorama

For a few seconds, the trailer for the upcoming movie Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens displayed an unusual droid with a rolling spherical body. It has been the subject of much internet fascination and speculation

The mysterious droid inspired redditor Budget_Raygun to make this Christmas tree ornament, which s/he planned to take to an ornament exchange.

-via Technabob

Thu 18 December, 2014

23:43 Painted portraits of juggalos» Boing Boing

UK born, South African educated painted visited America and produced a series of beautiful portraits of Juggalos. Read the rest

23:26 FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate» Slashdot
v3rgEz writes In a terse form letter responding to a FOIA request, the FBI has confirmed it has an open investigation into Gamergate, the loose but controversial coalition of gamers calling for ethics in gaming journalism — even as some members have harassed and sent death threats to female gaming developers and critics.

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23:00 Cthulhumas Cookies» Neatorama

Maika Keuben is busy with so many Cthulhumas preparations. She’s got her tree ready and a wreath for the door, and now she’s baked Cthulhumas cookies! Dozens and dozens of chocolate cookies with peppermint-flavored icing, all in the image of the dreaded elder god Cthulhu.

At first it just sounded like wind in the trees, but beneath that there's the guttural whisper of an ancient voice saying "Into the kitchen with you, there's unspeakable baking to be done." Now my throat is sore from the endless chanting, my clothing and hair covered in flour, sugar, slime and soot (don't ask), and I can't remember the last time I slept through the night, but I wouldn't dare complain. The Great Old Ones demanded Cthulhumas cookies, so cookies I did make. So very many cookies.

The process of making these cookies is documented in an imgur gallery with plenty of pictures and hilariously Lovecraftian narration. The confluence of holiday cheer and despair, of delicious and dreadful, is irresistible.  

22:51 From Ecstasy to Molly, What's in a Name?» LiveScience.com
Molly is one of the most popular party drugs in the US. But what a lot of people may not know is that molly is actually a form of ecstasy (MDMA), and this misunderstanding can put young people at risk.
22:00 Vintage Holiday Ads With Celebrity Spokespeople» Neatorama

This collection of celebrities pitching products for Christmastime advertisements takes one back. Back to a time when cigarette ads were a dime a dozen and 33 LP vinyl was the norm. When Polaroid cameras and clock radios seemed like the latest things. From Jackie Gleason and the Lone Ranger to Dick Van Dyke and the Three Stooges, these ads harken back to familiar faces in a simpler time. 

See more vintage celebrity holiday ads here. 

21:55 Crashing the Old Boys' Science Club (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
Women are leading a new push to break down the obstacles they face in the science community.
21:00 After 72 Years, Snubbed US Navy Captain Gets Credit for Sinking a U-Boat» Neatorama

(Photo of the U-166 by the Ocean Exploration Trust)

On August 1, 1942, the US Navy subchaser PC-566 was escorting the passenger vessel Robert E. Lee out of the mouth of the Mississippi River. 25 miles off the coast, the German submarine U-166 attacked the Lee, sinking it.

The PC-566, then led by Lt. Comm. Herbert G. Claudius, counterattacked. It dropped depth charges on the u-boat. An oil slick formed on the surface of the water, which was evidence that the Americans had at least damaged the German sub and possibly destroyed it.

Claudius's senior officers did not credit him with sinking the sub. To the contrary, they criticized his actions, relieved him of command, and sent him to anti-submarine warfare school for retraining.

Now, 72 years later, Captain Claudius's record is finally clear. The famous undersea explorer Robert Ballard located the wreck of the U-166, right where Claudius said it would be. The US Navy has responded by amending Claudius's record. Brian Clark Howard writes for National Geographic:

But on Tuesday, Claudius was posthumously vindicated at the Pentagon, as the U.S. Secretary of the Navy announced that his ship had indeed fired the depth charges that sank German U-boat U-166.

"Seventy years later, we now know that [Claudius's] report after the action was absolutely correct," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a small ceremony attended by members of Claudius's family.

"[Claudius's ship] did sink that U-boat, and it's never too late to set the record straight," Mabus said, as he presented the late captain with a posthumous Legion of Merit with a Combat "V" device, which recognizes heroism in battle.

Claudius's son, Gordon Claudius, accepted the medal and said that he wished his father could have known about the correction to a largely forgotten chapter in American history.

"He would have felt vindicated," Gordon Claudius said.

20:22 Satellite Captures Glowing Plants From Space» Slashdot
sciencehabit writes About 1% of the light that strikes plants is re-emitted as a faint, fluorescent glow—a measure of photosynthetic activity. Today, scientists released a map of this glow as measured by the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, a NASA satellite launched in July with the goal of mapping the net amount of carbon in the atmosphere. The map reveals that tropical rainforests near the equator are actively sucking up carbon, while the Corn Belt in the eastern United States, near the end of its growing season, is also a sink. Higher resolution fluorescence mapping could one day be used to help assess crop yields and how they respond to drought and heat in a changing climate.

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20:00 The Deviant History of the Snowman» Neatorama

Documented snowmen go back at least as far as the Middle Ages, but we can assume that the art of building a human figure of snow goes back before recorded history. After all, snow is free and easily-manipulated, and human figures are our natural go-to art icon. The snowman in particular was often used as stress-relief, a structure we can abuse to our delight. They were often created as political statements, sinister beings, or ephemeral art illustrating taboo subjects. Or targets, as suggested in the painting above.  

In the Middle Ages, building snowmen was a way for a community to find the silver lining in a horribly oppressive winter rife with starvation, poverty, and other life-threatening conditions. In 1511, the townspeople of Brussels banded together to construct over 100 snowmen in a public art installation known as the Miracle of 1511.

Their snowmen embodied a dissatisfaction with the political climate, not to mention the six weeks of below-freezing weather. The Belgians rendered their anxieties into tangible, life-like models: a defecating demon, a humiliated king, and womenfolk getting buggered six ways to Sunday. Besides your typical sexually graphic and politically riled caricatures, the Belgian snowmen were often parodies of folklore figures, such as mermaids, unicorns, and village idiots.

Even in modern times, we get a kick out of putting snowmen in situations we would not abide for real humans, such as the famous snowmen in the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes and several traditional snowman-destroying rituals to summon spring weather. Read about the horrible ways we’ve used snowmen throughout history at Atlas Obscura.    

19:00 A Collection Of Juggalo Themed Paintings By Lucy Owen» Neatorama

In the future Juggalogians will surely tell the tale of the art show that brought their clowny subculture into the fine art limelight, and the paintings which would shape the very landscape of what it means to be a Juggalo.

Future generations of Juggalos will have artist Lucy Owen to thank for shedding a humanistic light on their clown white crews and tearing down their painted walls, exposing the disenfranchised youth lurking within.

Lucy fully immersed herself in Juggalo culture when a conversation with a young Juggalo, who spoke of being ridiculed on a daily basis, inspired her to explore their fringe fan culture and see what makes them tick.

The result is a series of rather remarkable paintings called Where The Juggalos Roam, which not only capture the visual essence of the subculture but also succeeds in conveying the emotional state of the people wearing the face paint.

Will the first ever Juggalo themed art show at the Start Gallery in Detroit change the way people treat the Juggalos? Probably not, but now they can find work as art models!

-Via Dangerous Minds

18:18 Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers» Slashdot
mrspoonsi writes with the findings of an investigation into working conditions at a factory that makes Apple products. Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. It found standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories. Apple said it strongly disagreed with the programme's conclusions. Exhausted workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts at the Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai. One undercover reporter, working in a factory making parts for Apple computers, had to work 18 days in a row despite repeated requests for a day off. Another reporter, whose longest shift was 16 hours, said: "Every time I got back to the dormitories, I wouldn't want to move. Even if I was hungry I wouldn't want to get up to eat. I just wanted to lie down and rest. I was unable to sleep at night because of the stress."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

18:18 Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes Github has announced a security vulnerability and has encouraged users to update their Git clients as soon as possible. The blog post reads in part: "A critical Git security vulnerability has been announced today, affecting all versions of the official Git client and all related software that interacts with Git repositories, including GitHub for Windows and GitHub for Mac. Because this is a client-side only vulnerability, github.com and GitHub Enterprise are not directly affected. The vulnerability concerns Git and Git-compatible clients that access Git repositories in a case-insensitive or case-normalizing filesystem. An attacker can craft a malicious Git tree that will cause Git to overwrite its own .git/config file when cloning or checking out a repository, leading to arbitrary command execution in the client machine. Git clients running on OS X (HFS+) or any version of Microsoft Windows (NTFS, FAT) are exploitable through this vulnerability. Linux clients are not affected if they run in a case-sensitive filesystem....Updated versions of GitHub for Windows and GitHub for Mac are available for immediate download, and both contain the security fix on the Desktop application itself and on the bundled version of the Git command-line client."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

18:09 Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android - sources» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Google presents self-driving car in Mountain ViewBy Alexei Oreskovic and Ben Klayman SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) - Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. The move is a major step up from Google's current Android Auto software, which comes with the latest version of its smartphone operating system and requires a phone to be plugged into a compatible car with a built-in screen to access streaming music, maps and other apps. ...

18:05 Top four U.S. wireless carriers increase control of market, review finds» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

A cybersecurity expert monitors telecommunications traffic at a network operations center in a Verizon facility in Ashburn, VirginiaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top four U.S. mobile carriers expanded their control of the U.S. wireless market last year, a federal government report said on Thursday, once again finding the industry is highly concentrated as a result of continuing consolidation. The Federal Communications Commission's annual review of mobile industry competition found the two largest carriers, Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc, together controlled around 70 percent of both the nationwide market share based on service revenues and the most-prized type of radio airwaves. ...

18:00 Where Are They Now? The Cast of Arthur» Neatorama

The hit children's television program Arthur debuted on PBS in 1996. The child actors on it have grown up. What are they doing now? Loryn Brantz of BuzzFeed tracked down 8 of them.

Francine Frensky is doing reasonably well. She starred in the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes. Other cast members, though, have struggled. D.W. Read, the brother of star Arthur Read, had a brief but tumultuous affair with Justin Bieber. She's now slated to star in an upcoming episode of Celebrity Rehab.

Read the rest of the updates at BuzzFeed.

-via Jeremy Barker

17:38 Security experts fear Sony attack to fuel more company extortion» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
By Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sony Pictures' decision to shelve the film "The Interview" in the face of cyber attacks has set a worrying precedent and is sending companies scrambling to guard sensitive data, security experts said on Thursday. Sony's capitulation could mean that more businesses will be targeted for cyber warfare and extortion, they said. ...
17:25 Journalist sues over arrest at protest in Ferguson, Missouri» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - A Washington-based journalist has sued St. Louis County and one of its police lieutenants, saying his rights were violated when he was arrested while covering protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, court papers showed. Gerald Yingst, a reporter and producer with News2Share, also accuses police of defaming him by announcing his arrest on Twitter and saying he had refused a commander's order to clear the street, damaging his professional reputation. A St. ...
17:00 Megatron Speaks the Truth» Neatorama

(YouTube link)

Alexandra Trew toured Universal Studios Hollywood, and took a minute to grab a selfie with Megatron. Megatron did not like the idea. Trew was lucky she escaped with her head. What she got was a lecture on social media vs. real life. As if Megatron knew anything about real life! -via Daily Picks and Flicks

16:57 U.S. considers 'proportional' response to Sony hacking attack» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
By David Brunnstrom and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday a cyber attack on Sony Pictures was a serious national security matter and the Obama administration was considering a proportional response, although the White House stopped short of blaming North Korea. U.S. government sources said on Wednesday that investigators had determined the attack was "state sponsored" and that North Korea was the government involved. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he was not in a position to say that North Korea was responsible, but the investigation was ...
16:00 Technology Ads Then and Now» Neatorama

Today our lives are more hectic than ever; it seems many people are in a constant race against time to get things done. Holiday time exacerbates the problem. Being so caught up, it's not often that people stop and ponder the overall picture. How has our world changed in our lifetimes? One way to reflect on such changes is to look at vintage magazines and newspapers. Every news item and advertisement serves as a time capsule. These ads for video cameras and mobile phones are perfect examples.

Some critics claim that technology has left us more isolated due to less face-to-face and voice interaction. Yet would they choose to eschew today's technology in favor of that offered 20 years ago? 

See a collection advertisements that hammer home technological progress here. 

15:27 Chimp 'Personhood' Advocates Seek New Appeal in NY» LiveScience.com
Animal-rights advocates seeking "personhood" for chimpanzees want to take their case to the highest court in New York State.